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HIGHLIGHT on Contemporary Art & Education: Indonesian Luxury is pleased to announce Shadow of the Past, the pop-up exhibition of world-renowned Indonesian artist Arahmaiani.
Arahmaiani is recognized as one of Indonesia’s most influential and respected artists, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world since 1980.
Additionally, Shadow of the Past will feature some of Arahmaiani’s photographs and videos from her experiences in Tibet in 2016, exploring the natural environment and spirituality. Some of the paintings on display were inspired by Jawi or Pegon, an Arabic alphabet used to write the Javanese and Sundanese languages, in particular for poetry and ancient religious writing. Transformed for local languages, they symbolize the existence of creative, adaptive abilities and an appreciation for cultural diversity, characteristic of Javanese culture and the archipelago in general. Picture on the right side shows a special collaboration performance by Arahmaiani and Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Gamelatron.
Arahmaiani’s work ties back to her original themes of spirituality, cultural syncretism and humanity’s connection with nature as well as feminism in religious context and her fascination with the buried past of her native Java and its rich Hindu-Buddhist cultural heritage, still under-recognized.
Arahmaiani is one of Indonesia’s most influential contemporary artists, internationally recognized and known since the 80s for her powerful and provocative commentaries on social, political and cultural issues. A pioneer in the field of performance art in Southeast Asia, her practice has diversified and now incorporates a wide variety of media. She explores the inseparable relationship between art, music, science and the three principles of philosophy; death, the origin of life and their relationship with the Almighty.
For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects. Since 1980, Arahmaiani has been included in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world.
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The exhibition highlights Arahmaiani’s recent works in adjacent to her solo exhibition The Past has not Passed (Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu) at Museum MACAN. The celebratory private viewing will be accompanied by an artist talk and a special performance by Arahmaiani in collaboration with Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Gamelatron project at Indonesian Luxury Viewing Space.
The exhibition is organized by Indonesian Luxury and curated by ISA Art Advisory. An opening reception on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, between 1 – 4 PM at Indonesian Luxury Viewing Space, Jl. Wijaya Timur Raya No. 12 Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bambang Asrini Widjanarko
Indonesian Luxury Viewing Room
Jalan Wijaya Timur Raya No.12
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 1270